Dental Implants

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What are dental implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

Teeth-In-An-Hour

Teeth-in-an-hour is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure that lasts about an hour. This technology was recently developed by Nobel Biocare and allows for collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement… Read more about teeth in an hour.

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Morales, Shaikh, Alicea, Antonos, and Moore are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Morales, Shaikh, Alicea, Antonos, and Moore perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

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In preparation for dental implants I had 2 old implants removed, had 2 bone implants and 2 skin grafts by Dr. Alicea, he's the best! All this done in 1 visit and it was virtually painless. Everyone in this practice that I've talked to or met has been 5 star plus - awesome experience.

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I am one that is petrified of the dentist ... But Dr Morales makes you feel comfortable. I can not praise his professionalism and the way he truly cares for his patients, high enough. The staff also makes each visit such a pleasant one. Thank you all !!

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My husband has had posts implanted for both the tops and the bottoms. Michelle has gone above and beyond in her overall helpfulness. She let us know exactly what to expect each time. We were even able to contact her after we were home. Overall it was a great experience. Of course more so for me than my husband. He did have to deal with a "little bit" of pain. If you have to have oral surgery this is definitely the place that I would recommend.!!

- Susan R

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Our son Matthew had several procedures done --- wisdom teeth removal, baby teeth removal, bone grafting, and sinus lift surgery in preparation for future dental implants. As parents we were worried at first. However, after meeting Dr. Shaikh , the fears disappeared. Dr. Shaikh was gentle, very knowledgeable, and patient enough to explain each of the procedures in detail so we TRULY understood what was going to happen. His nurses were attentive, and, being cheerful around an anxious patient AND parents truly helped a lot during the surgery ! The entire staff , not to forget the front and finance area , were all so nice and reassuring. It is just so nice to see smiling faces as you walk in. Matthew is well on his way to recovery with no complications. Thank you so much Dr Shaikh and staff ! We highly recommend you !

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Staff is very courteous and knowledgeable. Estimates reviewed by my dentist of 40 years appeared fair.

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I could not be happier with my treatment and Dr. Morales. I had several difficult bone and teeth problems and Dr. Morales worked through them patiently and professionally. I have a very high degree of faith in the good doctor's skills. I would return to his office and would recommend him to my friends.

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staffs are very professional, kind, & informative. Dr.Shaikh was wonderful. The surgery went very smooth & fast.

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I have had teeth pull at the Kissimmee office on several occasions and was treated with great care and respect. I think that speaks volumes for the office and the doctors.Any problems or concerns I had were quicklyaddressed and fixed. Thank you from my heart for such good care.Lee

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